The Bible is our textbook, our life's instruction manual and it is vital to our relationship with God. God verified the Bible in a manner that could not be duplicated by mere humans - by miracles. The Bible is the inspired word of God. There is archaeological evidence and eye-witness accounts, but the real proof of the Bible's claim to absolute inspired truth in its supernatural evidence, including prophecy. God used prophets to speak and write down His Word, and God uses miracles like fulfilled prophecy to authenticate His messengers. We must believe and act out our belief that the Bible is a source we can trust. The Bible is the world's best selling and most widely distributed book. It's been translated in over 500 languages. There are about 50 Bibles sold every minute, and it is the most stolen book in the world. So why are many people refusing to stand up for it's teachings? There's a plain and simple answer, SIN.
We must not get caught up in the false teachings of this world. Satan is at work using subtle, crafty deceit to lead us away from God. Much of this deceit comes from well meaning people: church members and even clergy who have fallen for sin that is wrapped up in the pretty package of "being kind." They say in order to be kind we must accept all types of behaviors and beliefs that the Bible forbids. 2 Timothy 4:2-4 says, "Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths."
What their itching ears want to hear... everything is okay, accept all behaviors and ideas because it is loving and kind, and it is easier than standing up for the truth of the Gospel. We must stand up for the Bible, follow God's instructions. Jesus said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself." We are to love one another, treat each other with kindness and respect, but that does NOT mean we have to agree with them if they are not following the Word of God, the Bible.
Throughout history the Bible has been ridiculed, burned, refuted, and destroyed, but it lives on. Billy Graham said, "It is the anvil that has worn out many hammers. Most books are born, live a few short years, then go the way of all the earth; they’re forgotten. But not the Bible. The Bible is preserved. It lives on." We must stand up for the Bible and it's teachings and not fall for what the world is pushing us to believe.
1 Corinthians 16:13 "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong." We can trust God's word to be true and rely on Him to guide us. Pray that you will listen to his voice in the Word.